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Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe and South Bank areas of York

Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe and South Bank areas of York

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19th November 2017

Presenting our researches

We had a tremendous day on Saturday at Clements Hall, showing local people our displays about the fascinating and eventful stories we’ve been exploring in our World War 1 project over the last two years. Read more  

26th October 2017

Our new website

As you may have noticed, we now have a brilliant new website here at www.clementshallhistorygroup.org.uk Read more  

3rd October 2017

Two events coming up soon

Next month we have two events coming up. On Friday 17th November we’re welcoming writer and historian Jill Liddington, who will be talking about local suffragettes, in advance of the Vote 100 celebrations next year. Read more  

13th September 2017

Stop press again...

We struggled to find a replacement speaker at short notice when our publicised speaker on the wonderful new York Historic Towns Atlas had to pull out. Read more  

12th September 2017

Stop press: change of speaker

Our next meeting is on Friday 22 September 2017, when our speaker will be Elizabeth Smith, from Dringhouses Local History Group, with a talk entitled From Gillamoor to Dringhouses: The Life of John Close, Gentleman. Read more  

5th September 2017

End of an era

Sadly we say goodbye this month to Caroline Lewis, who has run the independent delicatessen, The Good Food Shop, on Bishy Road for thirteen years, with many locally sourced, tasty food products. Read more  

31st July 2017

Mental Nursing and The Great War

One of our group members, Peter Nolan, is particularly interested in exploring local evidence about mental health nursing during World War 1. Read more  

1st July 2017

Where did those grapes come from?

We’re pleased to see that the decorative carvings on the Angel on the Green have now been embellished with gold paint. Read more  

27th June 2017

Next event: A Walk in Rowntree Park

We still have a few places for our next event, which is on Friday evening 7 July 2017: A Walk in Rowntree Park, with Alison Sinclair. Read more  

10th June 2017

Pawnbrokers: the poor man’s banker

Pauline Alden has been looking at local pawnbrokers, after finding a local man appealing against conscription in 1916. Read more  

9th June 2017

Walter Brierley – the architect of Scarcroft School

Friends of Scarcroft School invite you to an evening talk by Edward Waterson about Walter Brierley, the man who designed Scarcroft School. Read more  

3rd June 2017

Lady volunteers at Southlands Church in the First World War

Pauline Alden and Anne Houson have been exploring how local women at Southlands Methodist Church supported soldiers during the war. Read more  

30th May 2017

Zeppelin film

For those of you that missed the screening of our short Zeppelin film on 19 May, we now have our own YouTube channel. Read more  

18th May 2017

Maria Button – a story of poverty

Pauline Alden has been researching the life of a young woman in our area, following up a brief story in the York Herald from January 1916. Read more  

4th May 2017

Getting out of the Trenches

Our next event is on Friday 19th May at 7.30pm, at Clements Hall, with a talk by Helen Snelson, Head of History from The Mount School: Getting out of the Trenches: Teaching the First World War to Teenagers. Read more  

15th April 2017

The contribution of women on the WW1 Home Front in our area

Pauline Alden has been researching more stories about our local women during the First World War. Read more  

1st April 2017

The Dodsworth sisters

Anne Houson has been researching the three Dodsworth sisters, Dorothy, Kit and Evie, and their role in the First World War. Read more  

20th March 2017

28 Nunnery Lane – an off licence for over seventy years

Martin Reagan is a follower of our website and contacted us with some information about his family. Read more  

12th March 2017

‘A brave bright devotion to duty’: YMCA driver Betty Stevenson

Pauline Alden has been researching the role of local women in the First World War, including the story of Betty Stevenson. Read more  

7th March 2017

Five Streets: the Early History of the Scarcroft Road Estate, York

This Friday evening, 10 March 2017, Mark Service will be talking about Five Streets: the Early History of the Scarcroft Road Estate, York. Read more  

25th February 2017

Nunthorpe Hall: The Story of an Auxiliary Hospital in World War One

One of the noteworthy buildings in our area was Nunthorpe Hall. This was in the area now built over as Coggan Close, between Albemarle Road and Philadelphia Terrace. The Hall was demolished in 1977. Read more  

20th February 2017

Bernard Kirby

Bishy Road is an important community space for us, with many local characters featuring there over many years. Read more  

5th February 2017

Welcome to the new Corner Gallery

The Corner Gallery, on the corner of Scarcroft Road and Nunmill St, has recently had a facelift and changed hands. Read more  

30th January 2017

Farewell to Charles McBride

Sadly our local independent optician, Charles McBride, has just retired, to spend more time with his family, after over twenty years in Bishy Road. Read more  

16th January 2017

WW1 Home Front Stories

What did a group of local York women think about taking on munitions work in WW1? How did Scarcroft schoolchildren get involved in the war? And what made some men refuse to fight? Read more  

2nd January 2017

Arguing against militarism

Pauline Alden has been exploring the experiences of local man William Varley, who was a Socialist, a member of the No Conscription Fellowship and a pacifist. Read more  

9th December 2016

Welcome to the Angel on the Green

The exciting new community cafe/bar/bike repair shop on Bishy Road is open at last, on the corner of Darnborough St. Read more  

4th December 2016

Performing our stories

Earlier this year, when we were shown the text of a song written by a local munitions worker in Bishophill, we could not have predicted that this would lead to a performance in the York Explore central library, on 26 November 2016. Read more  

7th November 2016

Richard Chicken of York, a model for Micawber?

We are delighted to announce that Brian Oxberry and his colleagues from the Charles Dickens (Malton) Society will be presenting ‘A Dickensian Performance: Richard Chicken of York, the real Wilkins Macawber’, at Clements Hall on Friday 25 November 2016. Read more  

8th September 2016

A new resource for exploring the impact of WW1 conscription

In December we’ll be hosting a training workshop focusing on an important WW1 resource, newly available at the North Yorkshire County Record Office. Read more  

18th July 2016

Shadows in the Bricks

Our next event is on Sunday 31 July, at the Winning Post pub. From 12 noon onwards we’ll be exhibiting images and memories about South Bank – the corner shops in the terraced streets, the clubs and community life. Read more  

23rd June 2016

A sad loss

Every neighbourhood has a particular resident who takes a devoted interest in the local history of their area and we were sorry recently to lose one of those. Read more  

12th June 2016

Local WW1 women volunteers and sphagnum moss

Anne Houson has been investigating natural dressings: Read more  

25th May 2016

Exploring the impact of the May 1916 Zeppelin attack

Aerial bombing of Britain began in January 1915. By the end of the War it accounted for some 1,417 deaths, and 3,400 injuries. Read more  

10th May 2016

Footprints from the past

Pauline Alden writes about her researches into the shops on Nunnery Lane. Read more  

28th April 2016

Walking the Zeppelin route

Today members of the History Group were delighted to join a group of schoolchildren on a commemorative Zeppelin walk. Read more  

18th April 2016

Robinsons: a warm welcome to our latest cafe

This week we welcome Robinsons, a new cafe just opened on Bishy Road, taking over the premises vacated by the popular Puddin’ and Pie. Read more  

6th April 2016

Zeppelin over York

Our next talk ZEPPELIN OVER YORK on FRIDAY 6 MAY 2016 7:30 PM Read more  

3rd April 2016

Winning the Children

Clements Hall Local History Group is harnessing the interests of people living locally to take part in an exploration of the impact and legacy of WW1, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. One of the themes of this project is the influence of religion. Read more  

22nd March 2016

Bringing the Great War home

We have just completed the third shared visit to the battlefields of the Western Front between 15 and 16 year olds from The Mount and Millthorpe Schools. Read more  

9th March 2016

Teddy Boy attraction on Bishy Road

During much of the last century, one half of the premises now occupied by Trinacria on Bishopthorpe Road was a gentleman’s outfitters. Read more  

29th January 2016

Our next talk: Early Victorian Railway Excursions: the Million Go Forth

We were very pleased to welcome many new faces to the first talk of our new programme. Our History Group offer a varied range of topics, see here for the list, and we’re always keen to see new people. Read more  

27th January 2016

Housing the poor

During the course of her investigation of properties on Nunnery Lane, Pauline Alden has been looking at almhouses. Read more  

17th January 2016

From Gimcrack to Frankel: a Gallop through the History of York Racecourse

We’re launching the first of our new programme of local history talks this Friday, 22nd January 2016, in the Main Hall at Clements Hall. Read more  

10th January 2016

The Winning Post – a decorative puzzle

You might not be aware that the profile of public houses in our area has been shaped by a figure from a hundred years ago. Canon Argles of St Clements arrived in the parish in 1871 and became an outspoken critic of drink and public houses, seeing drink as a social evil. Despite the large number of houses being built in the Bishopthorpe Road area of York he was able to use his influence to prevent pubs opening in South Bank until his death in 1920. It was not until 1932 that the Knavesmire pub opened. Read more  

19th December 2015

New programme of talks for 2016

We’re delighted to announce a new programme of history talks for 2016. These cover a wide range of interests and periods, including two events which reflect our First World War project:. Read more  

10th December 2015

Making the best of Auntie Clara’s drawers

Anne Houson writes: Most people have an ‘Auntie Clara’ who safeguards family heirlooms for future generations. But just how safely is she keeping your family treasures? Read more  

2nd December 2015

Guided tour of St Clement’s Church

Please note the next meeting of Clements Hall Local History Group will be on Wednesday 16 December at 7pm at Clements Hall. After a short business meeting Simon Batchelor will take us on a guided tour of St Clement’s Church. Read more  

26th November 2015

Early Victorian Railway Excursions: ‘The Million Go Forth’

Susan Major writes: My book on railway excursions has just been published by Pen and Sword Books Ltd. Read more  

18th November 2015

New traders celebrate historic traditions

It’s good to see two newcomers complementing our range of independent traders on Bishy Road. This gives us a chance to look back at the previous history of these two particular shops. We’re thrilled to see that both are reflecting some old traditions. Read more  

16th November 2015

Successful bid for £10,000 support from Heritage Lottery Fund

We’re very pleased to announce today that our History Group has been awarded £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for our new project, Impact and Legacy of the First World War on our Neighbourhood. Read more  

21st October 2015

It’s Back to the Future Day for Bishy Road

It’s Back to the Future Day today, celebrating the day which Michael J Fox’s Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd’s Doc Brown travelled to, in Back to the Future 2 in 1989. So we thought we’d use Rob Stay’s fascinating photos of Bishy Road in the mid- 1980s to see how we’ve changed: Read more  

27th September 2015

The shady side of life in Nunnery Lane

Pauline Alden has been looking at the intriguing story of Annie Caspar, a woman living locally over 100 years ago. The information was obtained from Annie’s descendant Michael Kettlewell. Read more  

14th September 2015

Next meeting Wednesday 7th October 2015

At our next meeting we’re interviewing Beryl Long about her long and varied life in York. Beryl, who recently moved to our area after over half a century in Bishophill, will discuss her life including childhood, school, family and leisure. And we’ll explore the changes she has witnessed too. Read more  

11th September 2015

Pickled tongues and York Cream Sherry: looking back at our food shopping

This year at the Bishy Road Food Festival we’re celebrating our wonderful shops, cafes and restaurants. But we’ve had many such shops serving local residents in the past. Looking back you can see how we’ve changed our eating habits and how our local streets have reflected food shopping trends over the last 150 years. Read more  

19th July 2015

Next meeting Wed 19th August 2015: Bring an Historical Object

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 19th August at 7pm in the Art Room at Clements Hall. We invite you bring an item you value, to share with the meeting. Read more  

1st July 2015

Can you help solve a WW1 puzzle?

Some members of the Clements Hall Local History Group have been researching the devastating effects of the First World War locally. Read more  

1st June 2015

Next meeting Wed 17 June 2015: ‘Am I bovvered? Engaging teenagers in local history’

Our next meeting takes place on Wednesday 17 June 2015 at 7 pm in the Art Room, Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Rd. Helen Snelson, head of history at the Mount School, will give a talk entitled ‘Am I bovvered? Engaging teenagers in local history’. Read more  

18th May 2015

Joseph Sherwood: the birth of a shop in Bishopthorpe Road

The Borthwick Archive at the University of York holds a wonderful treasure for those interested in Bishopthorpe Road in the late nineteenth century. It also describes how one of our shops was born. Read more  

28th April 2015

Come and visit our stall at the Street Party on Saturday

We’ll be displaying more old photos at our stall at the Bishy Road Street Party on Saturday 2nd May, together with excerpts from the diary of one of our 19th century shopkeepers. Read more  

25th April 2015

Next meeting: Wednesday 13 May 2015

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 13 May at 7pm at Clements Hall. Dick Hunter will present research findings about the impact of the Zeppelin aerial attack on York in May 1916. All welcome. Read more  

29th March 2015

Next meeting Wednesday 15 April 2015

Our next meeting takes place on Wednesday 15 April at 7pm at Clement’s Hall in the Art Room. Read more  

25th January 2015

Researching war memorials: our next meeting

Did you know that over 150 men were killed from our area as a result of the first World War? If you take a look at ‘First World War dead from our area’ you’ll be able to see where the next-of-kin of these men lived and the distribution of deaths from such a small area. Read more  

27th October 2014

The rise and fall of shopping at multiple groceries

Although the great majority of our Bishy Road traders are independents, there are a few shops and services which are part of multiple chains, such as Swinton Insurance, Johnsons dry cleaners, Churchills estate agents, Thomas the Baker, Domino’s Pizza, Sainsburys Local and Costcutter. Read more  

20th October 2014

Decorating the Street

A narrow escape. Read more  

16th October 2014

The corner of Scarcroft Road: From butchers and drapers to hairdressers and grocers

Hairdressers Glen and Julio tell us that the terrace to the south of their hair salon, known as Avondale Crescent, was built in the early 1880’s by a brother of the Hawkswell family who subsequently owned all the properties. The salon, now 47 Bishopthorpe Road, but then no 1 Avondale Crescent, was originally built as a butcher’s shop and a private five-bedroom house. Read more  

15th August 2014

Historic character of our neighbourhood

John Bibby has pointed out the City of York Historic Environment Characterisation Project (YHECP), which is part of English Heritage’s characterisation programme: Read more  

15th August 2014

A narrow escape

We all value our local shopping street on Bishy Road with its independent traders but did you know that even up to the 1970s there were plans to change the neighbourhood completely? Read more  

29th July 2014

Millfield Road celebrations reflect historical event

On Sunday 29 June 2014 the residents of Millfield Road held a street party to celebrate Le Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire. Read more  

21st July 2014

Next meeting this week

Our next meeting is this week on Wednesday 23rd July at 7pm at Clements Hall in Nunthorpe Road, York YO23 1BW. All welcome. Read more  

16th July 2014

A shoemaking family

Terry Woodward's father Harold and grandfather Charles Hartley Woodward had the boot repairer's shop on the corner of Bishopthorpe Road and Vine Street, known as the City Boot Repairing Co. Ltd. They traded here from the 1920s and part of their business involved making boots for the army. Read more  

14th July 2014

Our Memory Wall about Bishy Road shops

These are some of the things people told us about the shops when we talked to them at the street party, which we’ve added to other memories. Read more  

11th June 2014

Thanks everyone for your support at Bishy Road Street Party

and thanks to volunteers, enthusiasts and all variety of helpers ! Watch this space for more memory sharing ! Read more  

3rd June 2014

Bishy Road Street Party 6 July

We're staging a photo display about the history of the shops at the Bishy Road Street Party on 6 July. Importantly this will include a memory wall, with anecdotes and evocative memories of the shops over the years and what they meant to people growing up locally. Read more  

18th May 2014

Next meeting Tuesday 20 May 2014

Don't forget our meeting this week, Tuesday 20 May at 7pm at the Slip Inn. All welcome. Read more  

12th May 2014

Successful Local History day - thanks

A big thank you to everyone who came and/or contributed to our event on 9 May – I think it would be fair to say that talk, cake and history made for an enriching and enjoyable afternoon. Read more  

1st May 2014

Community history event 9 May 2014

Our next event is on Friday 9 May 2014, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm at Clement’s Hall (opposite Scarcroft Primary school). This is a free programme of short talks, with an exhibition of photographs, old maps and other material, and free refreshments. Read more  

27th March 2014

Our community history

There’s a lot of history behind the development of our area of York - Scarcroft, Clementhorpe and South Bank. Importantly photographs and memories play a large part in capturing how we used to live, work, shop and play. Read more  

17th February 2014

Remembering the Great War in our area

The Great War had a significant effect on our area, demonstrated by the number of war memorials which commemorate those who died. These memorials are at St Clements Church, Scarcroft School and at Southlands Methodist Church. Read more  

6th February 2014

it’s not a party, but it’s an opportunity to share …….18 February

It might not be as good as this Party on Drake Street for the 1953 Coronation, but...... come along to Clements Hall 1400 - 1700 in the Art Room on Tuesday 18 February, for an opportunity to share your findings about the history of our area. Read more  

5th January 2014

Group meeting Tuesday 7 January 2014

All welcome to attend a meeting for Clements Hall Local History Group on Tuesday 7 January in the Art Room at Clements Hall 1900 - 2100. All that's required is yourselves and/or ideas ,and/or enthusiasm and/or local history. Read more  

19th November 2013

WW1 memorials in our area

The Local History Days at Clements Hall at the beginning of November featured many interesting talks, walks and displays, and we would like to thank all concerned for their efforts in contributing to this event. Read more  

18th November 2013

Next meeting Tuesday 19 November 2013

The next meeting of the Clements Hall Local History Group is tomorrow, Tuesday 19th November, 7pm-9pm at Clements Hall. We’ll be reviewing the Local History Days which have just been held at the Hall and thinking about what we would like to do during the next year. Read more  

18th November 2013

The Dairy Guest House at 3 Scarcroft Road

Anne Houson writes: Maybe some readers will remember when the Dairy Guest House was actually a dairy. Read more  

10th October 2013

Local History Days Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November

What is the history around you? Come and find out! Read more  

27th August 2013

Help needed

Clements Hall Local History Group is researching First World War dead from the Clementhorpe, Nunnery Lane, Scarcroft and South Bank areas. Read more  

24th August 2013

Was there life before Sainsbury’s?

Yes, there was life before Sainsbury’s and it was Jacksons – very blue – nearly as blue as its 1980’s neighbour at no 5 – The Private Shop, which shut in 1988 when it was refused a licence to trade. Read more  

23rd July 2013

Next meeting: Monday 9 September, 2013

The next meeting is on Monday 9 September, 7pm to 9pm at Clements Hall. Dick Hunter will introduce a discussion on how the First World War centennial might be commemorated locally. Read more  

17th July 2013

Shops research

Material about the history of our local shops, which Susan Major and Carol Warren presented at our last meeting, is now on this website. Read more  

16th June 2013

Hugh Murray, History Man

We were sorry to hear of the death of Hugh Murray last week. He was a tremendous resource for all those who are interested in the history of York. Read more  

5th June 2013

Upper Price Street

One of our members took a closer look at one street in particular, Upper Price Street, to see how the Great War affected the lives of people living there. Read more  

5th June 2013

Shops

Our local shops are very important to us and play a major role in the local community. Read more